Prof. Francis Adewale Olajide, a native of Effon – Ekiti, Ekiti State, was born on June 4th 1952, to the family of late Prince Mathew Olajide and Olori Victoria Olajide.
Professor Wale Olajide attended SS Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan in 1971. He earned three degrees (B.A, M.A and Ph.D) from the University of Ibadan between 1976 and 1988. He holds a Diploma in Religious Study from the same University in 1975 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti in 2008.
He joined the pioneers of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ado – Ekiti (now Ekiti State University) in 1983 and went for other services in several organizations and establishments before he later returned to the University in 2004 and was head of the Department of Philosophy twice, and became a Professor in 2011. He delivered his inaugural lecture in 2017.
He is an astute administrator, who has worked across various disciplines such as media, banking, teaching and research. He is a social democrat with high integrity. He is a Professor of Philosophy who specializes in Epistemology, Existentialism and African Philosophy. Professor Olajide has numerous publications, nationally and internationally. He often teaches on invitation at a Bible College in the United Kingdom and the Houdegbe North American University and Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
Professor Olajide has served on several boards and committees in the University, one of which is the committee that produced the University anthem. He has been serving as the the University Orator since 2004. He is married and blessed with children.